WESTMINSTER -- Amanda White sat down next to some acquaintances from the Class of 1995 and wished they'd go away.
White, a junior at Dulaney High, used her swimming background to emerge a year ago as the best distance-running prospect the state had ever seen. At yesterday's state championships at Westminster High, she won the Class 4A 1,600 meters in a personal best of 4 minutes, 56.2 seconds, but a pair of freshmen nearly pushed her back to third place.
Queen Anne's Krissy Jost (4:57.4) and Annapolis' Kristin Nicolini (4:58.2) became only the fourth and fifth girls in the meet history to break five minutes in the event. Another freshman, Suziann Reid of Eleanor Roosevelt, covered the 800 in 2:14.5, ahead of White (2:15.5), Jost (2:16.0) and Nicolini (2:18.9).
"These guys make me sick," White joked at Jost and Nicolini as the three lounged on the infield after the 800. "I can't believe the times they're running as freshmen. If I get any more records, they won't last for long."
White improved her own area record and set a meet mark in the 3,200 (10:29.1) Thursday.
En route to a third straight team championship, Roosevelt of Prince George's County got a double from Reid, who took the 400 in 55.2, and a record-setting pair of victories from Ebony Robinson, who ran 11.5 in the 100 and 23.4 in the 200. Old Mill, No. 1 in The Baltimore Sun poll, was second with 60 points to the Raiders' 113.
The Patriots got a dramatic win in the shot put from junior Michelle Smith, who went 39 feet, 8 1/2 inches on her final throw, and a second in the 100 hurdles from sophomore Raina Domneys, who lowered her area seasonal best to 14.7 seconds. Both ran on a second-place 4x100 relay that had another area-leading performance (48.9), Smith most likely being the only shot-putter to medal in the event.
Another 4A highlight occurred in the 300 intermediate hurdles, where North County senior Adrienne McCray dipped to 42.9, a meet and area record. McCray got all of the Knights' 20 points by placing third in the long jump and fifth in the 100 hurdles and 200. The hurdles and long jump were won by Largo's Tyra Moore in 14.5 and 18-8 1/2 , respectively.
Springbrook needed a second place in the 4x400 relay to edge Roosevelt for the boys title, 61-56. Old Mill, which also has the area's top-ranked boys team, had to settle for sixth with 44 points, behind Perry Hall's 51 1/2 and the host Owls' 44 1/2 .
The Gators, Baltimore County's most consistent program during the last 15 years, nearly got their first state trophy for coach Jerry Martin. Greg Sutton reached 45-4 1/2 in the triple jump, his second victory of the meet, as he won the high jump and was fourth in the long jump Thursday. Brown University-bound Tom Doan edged Old Mill's Rocky McMillan in the 110 hurdles, where both were timed in 14.3, then finished fourth in the 300 hurdles, which McMillan claimed in 38.6.
"We're PRing [setting personal bests] all over the place," Martin said. "Doan has had lower leg problems the last couple of weeks that we've been able to keep quiet. Sutton's a superb competitor. Now we've got to hustle to see our baseball team in the state finals [in Frederick]."
North County junior Sam Lomax edged Paint Branch's Orlando Leigh in the 400, where both timed in 48.6, and Lomax was part of a dawdling fast section in the 800 that allowed Westminster's Brandon Duvall to steal the race. Running in a section with slower runners, Duvall came through in 1:55.9, a time no one in the fast section bettered. Duvall anchored the Owls' third-place 4x400 relay (3:22.7).
Kenya Warfield, a Westminster junior, cleared 5-5 in the girls high jump.
Roosevelt's Jermaine Lewis, the national 100 leader who will spend parts of the next five years catching passes for the University of Maryland football team, easily took the 100 in 10.3 and the 200 in 20.8, the best in meet history. He finished his career by anchoring the Raiders' record-setting (41.5) 4x100 relay.
North County's Anthony Walker and Glen Burnie's Alphonso Generette were some of the standout sprinters overshadowed by Lewis. Walker (10.6) and Generette (10.7) ran two-three in the 100, and the latter was the 200 runner-up in 21.4. Suitland's Ray Richardson cleared 14-6 in the pole vault, and runner-up Paul Lavallee of Severna Park cleared 13-3, best by an area boy this season.